I have mentioned in an earlier post that I planned on exclusively breastfeeding my babe and breastfeed her, I did. We’ve been exclusively breastfeeding since Day One and I don’t see us stopping any day now.
I love breastfeeding. It has so many benefits for both me and my little one. This may be the reason why every mom-to-be who asks me why I breastfeed ends up listening to a very, very long explanation of why I do. I advocate breastfeeding, I guess, but not to the point of antagonizing formula-feeding moms. Oh, dear god, please never let me turn into one of those ‘I breastfeed and I’m a better mother than you are’ kind.
I digress. Let’s go back to the main issue why I’m writing this. I started breastfeeding my daughter for a simple reason – it’s more economical. But as the days pass by, I continue to breastfeed her for more than that. Let me list down a few reasons.
1. Breastmilk keeps my daughter healthy. My daughter was born premature, therefore she’s at a higher risk than fullterm babies. I started breastfeeding her to make sure she thrives as well as fullterm ones, if not better. Seven months later, my baby has never been sick. She has never had a cold, not even in this weather.
2. Breastmilk makes my daughter’s skin so soft. I know, I know, babies have soft skin. Whatever. Asidr from her being adorably cute (I’m a mom, I’m biased, deal with it), she continually receives compliments because of her super makinis na kutis, as what they usually say. Other breastfeeding moms will attest to that. Their kids experience the veey same thing.
3. Breastfeeding makes an unbreakable bond between mother and child. Kids who breastfeed tend to be closer to their moms than those who don’t. Although I’ve been told that I’d be having a hard time taking care of her because she’ll stick to me like glue, I don’t listen. I don’t get tired when she’s all over me, it actually makes me happy. It’s very touching that my daughter wants to be with mommy. Clingy, yes, but sweet. It’s not everyday that she will be that little, so I appreciate every moment of it.
4. Breastfeeding helps with the baby weight. Pregnancy causes one to gain weight. A lot of it. While it is not the same for all breastfeeding moms, I actually lost weight by breastfeeding. I don’t exercise as much as I want to and I eat a lot, but I’m pretty much around my pre-pregnancy weight. I still wanna lose more weight, but that’s a different story.
5. Breastfeeding makes your boobs bigger. This last point is utterly useless, but I have to point it out. For someone who has been flat chested her whole life, having boobs is a miracle. Breastfeeding made that miracle possible.
My breastfeeding experience is a happy one. Aside from the occasional engorgement and strong letdown, it has been a smooth journey for me and my baby. For any breastfeeding mom reading this, congratulations on choosing to breastfeed. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.